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April is National Autism Month

Last year, Beth got the Nevins Buzz off to a great start with a post on National Autism Month speaking on our diverse collection of books on the subject as well as books written from the perspective of authors on the spectrum.

 

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John Elder Robison came to fame and “expert” status on autism after his popular bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye about growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome came out in 2007.  Recently, he has written a fascinating new book, Switched On, on his experience as a guinea pig for a group of Harvard neuroscientists conducting a cutting-edge experimental brain therapy called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

 

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Recent non-fiction additions to our collection include:

In a Different Key :  the story of autism by John Donvan, Caren Zucker

The prodigy’s cousin : the family link between autism and extraordinary talent by Joanne Ruthsatz and Kimberly Stephens

Just add water : a surfing savant’s journey with Asperger’s by Clay Marzo and Robert Yehling

The autism job club : the neurodiverse workforce in the new normal of employment by Michael S. Bernick, Richard Holden

Asperger’s teens : understanding high school for students on the autism spectrum by Blythe Grossberg, PsyD Ma

Neurotribes : the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

Uniquely human : a different way of seeing autism by Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D.

 

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Also, check out these awesome Middle Grade and YA books by authors on the spectrum:

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2034, a comet is due to hit the Earth within the hour. Denise, who’s sixteen years old and autistic, must try to find her missing sister and also help her neglectful, undependable mother safely aboard a spaceship.

Rogue:  a novel by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
An eighth-grade girl with Asperger’s syndrome tries to befriend her new neighbor, facing many challenges along the way.

 


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April is Autism Awareness Month

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We at the Nevins take great pride in serving those in the autism community and their families. We are constantly updating our autism collection, which covers parenting and, increasingly, concerns related to teenagers and adults. While the guides are useful and informative, a unique way to understand autism is to read books written by people on the spectrum. Try John Elder Robison’s Look Me in the Eye or something by Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain. And, check out our display of autism-related books on the main floor.

Also, Bari Glazer, Autism Specialist for the Methuen Schools, has offered programs here at the library for the past ten years. The last of her current three-series program, “Communicating Concerns to Families,” will be presented here on Wednesday, April 8th, in the Great Hall. Check our Event Calendar for registration information.